Asia Briefs: Rohingya insurgents deny killing Hindus

Rohingya insurgents deny killing Hindus

YANGON • A Rohingya Muslim armed group yesterday denied a report that its members killed scores of Hindu civilians in August last year, amid a surge of violence in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state.

In a report this week, rights group Amnesty International documented in detail alleged atrocities by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) near a remote village in Rakhine state.

The report, citing witnesses, including Hindu women who said they were abducted by Arsa insurgents, said fighters from the group killed as many as 99 Hindus near Kha Maung Seik after launching the raids on security posts on Aug 25.

"We categorically deny all of these unjustifiable and careless serious criminal accusations mentioned in the said report," Arsa said in a statement signed by leader Ata Ullah and posted on social media network Twitter late yesterday.  


Major flight woes at Shanghai airports

HONG KONG • More than 400 flights have been cancelled and nearly 100 others delayed at Shanghai's two airports after thunderstorms battered the eastern Chinese coastal city yesterday, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported.

Pudong International Airport cancelled 128 departing flights and 103 inbound flights by 4pm, while a further 76 flights had been delayed, the Shanghai Airport Authority said on its Weibo account.

Hongqiao International Airport, which is mainly used for domestic flights, saw 90 departing flights and 92 inbound ones cancelled, with 10 others delayed, the authority said.

WeChat takes down 'sugar daddy' website

BEIJING • China's top social media app WeChat has removed "sugar daddy" dating website SeekingArrangement from its platform, after a recent surge in the popularity of the US-founded service attracted scrutiny from state media.

A money-for-love dating platform, launched in the United States in 2006, SeekingArrangement puts young women in touch with rich older men.

State media outlet Global Times has said that the authorities in Shanghai were investigating the app's local operations.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe